SciQuest (NASDAQ: SQI) and CommerceHub (NASDAQ:CHUBA) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SciQuest and CommerceHub’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SciQuest N/A N/A N/A $0.11 161.36
CommerceHub $100.55 million 9.85 $9.09 million $0.28 81.64

CommerceHub has higher revenue and earnings than SciQuest. CommerceHub is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SciQuest, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

29.0% of CommerceHub shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.8% of CommerceHub shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares SciQuest and CommerceHub’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SciQuest 3.93% 2.23% 1.59%
CommerceHub 11.79% 34.82% 18.52%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for SciQuest and CommerceHub, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SciQuest 0 0 0 0 N/A
CommerceHub 0 1 4 0 2.80

CommerceHub has a consensus target price of $26.25, indicating a potential upside of 14.83%. Given CommerceHub’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe CommerceHub is more favorable than SciQuest.

Summary

CommerceHub beats SciQuest on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SciQuest

SciQuest, Inc. is a United States-based public provider of spend management solutions. The Company’s offers a range of solutions, such as Spend Director, Spend Radar, Sourcing Director, Advanced Sourcing Optimizer, Total Contract Manager, Total Supplier Manager, Enterprise Reagent Manager, Accounts Payable Director, Supplier Network and Portfolio Savings Manager. Its Spend Director is an e-procurement software, which allows users’ to integrate and automate processes, suppliers, compliance and workflows. Its Portfolio Savings Manager is a cloud-based savings management software that integrates project forecasting, initiative approval workflows and real-time savings. Its chemical inventory management software, Enterprise Reagent Manager (ERM), allows scientific staff in the organization to find, source and track commercial and proprietary chemicals, reagents and lab supplies. Its Total Contract Manager is a Contract Lifecycle Management solution that offers real-time updates.

About CommerceHub

CommerceHub, Inc. is a provider of cloud-based e-commerce fulfillment and marketing solutions that integrate supply, demand and delivery for retailers and consumer brands, manufacturers and distributors. The Company’s end-to-end solutions are provided through the CommerceHub software platform, a hub that streamlines integration and enables transactions among its retailer and supplier customers and their other trading partners, while also enabling them to access the online marketplaces, search engines, social and product advertising and other digital marketing channels where consumers browse and buy. Its solutions also help its customers integrate with the third-party logistics (3PL) providers, including fulfillment and delivery providers that take purchased products to the consumer’s doorstep. The Company’s solutions include Supply Solutions, Demand Solutions and Delivery Solutions.

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